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VoIP raised hopes for tethering that were killed by AT&T

Those holding out hope that AT&T's move to allow VoIP applications to operate on its 3G network might mean tethering would be coming soon for the iPhone will be sad to hear the latest news from AT&T. Subscribers still can't “officially” use the iPhone for tethering to a notebook and AT&T has announced no plans to support the feature.

Tethering allows users to connect a notebook or netbook and use the iPhone as a modem to provide data connectivity. However, that feature has been blocked since Apple added it to the iPhone in America.

AT&T still maintains that before it offers a new feature, it must be sure that it will offer a good user experience. An AT&T spokesperson said, "Whenever we offer new features, we want to offer the best possible customer experience. For tethering, we need to do some additional fine tuning to our systems and networks so that we do deliver a great experience."

Presumably that fine tuning includes things like improving the 30% dropped call rate in NYC and making 3G service more readily accessible across its network. AT&T's Ralph de la Vega, head of AT&T's wireless unit, had previously said tethering could come to the iPhone this year.

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RE: in plain speak
By Manch on 10/8/2009 12:44:30 PM , Rating: 5
More like:

We're going ot hold out on opening the tethering option because we need to come up with a business model where you'll be happy to pay more.

Oh wait, these are Apple sheeple and they'll do whatever Steve tells them to do.

ATT: Hey, Steve! Buddy!......

RE: in plain speak
By xti on 10/12/2009 4:52:55 PM , Rating: 1
did a mac beat you up when you were a kid?

RE: in plain speak
By Manch on 10/13/2009 3:41:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yes it was horrible. A gang of mac's jumped me as I was walking down the street with my PC. Taunting my 2 button mouse, calling it a mutant and a freak. They mocked my PC's programming and bragged about how much better they were. They kept screaming PC LOVER! over and over and over. I still have nightmares about it. They didn't have hate crime laws back then, so the mac got off with a misdemeanor.

Despite that traumatic event, and the bickering of some family members about that damn dirty mac book, I don't believe they're all bad. I've learned to coexist with PC's and MAC's, but only because the MAC was free and I didnt have to pay a single overpriced dollar for it.

Lighten up dude.

RE: in plain speak
By QueBert on 10/13/2009 6:26:55 PM , Rating: 3
AT&T's network already sucks, it's not a dollar thing here at all, if they opened up tethering their network would be done for. They can only expand their network so much and so fast. Apple would love to offer a $20 tethering account add-on. But their network just can't handle the extra usage. It's a lose/lose for them.

RE: in plain speak
By Chaser on 10/15/2009 8:13:08 AM , Rating: 2
Says the kettle to the pot.

Most people that buy iPhones, sorry to say it folks the mainstream consumers, don't use their advanced technology skills to split apart the hairs of every model phone so they can walk past the Apple store in the mall with a smirk on their faces.

In other words for most iPhone owners they aren't standing out the Apple store protesting for tethering. Most don't even know what it is or even care. Seriously, guys, move on. Get some sleep at night. Go back to your basement tech caves and find a new driver for you Linux distro or something.

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